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You're absolutely right to query the things you do.
There is always a risk that something might go wrong between now and the lease start date.
There are ways to address them though, such as writing into the agreement the condition that the property should be handed over to you in. That would guard against things like damage from parties.
The most sensible thing is often to wait until you actually move in before signing the lease. Of course, you never know if the existing tenant will be out by the time that you plan to move in otherwise.
If you are both willing to enter into a side letter, then so long as you refer to this being part of your agreement in the main lease, then yes, you can do this. You'd need to properly describe the condition, take photos and do a schedule of the state - that's the best way to ensure that you have something to refer to if you have to say it's not in the right state. As without this sort of information, you might find it difficult to say what condition you agreed it would be in. It's hard to enforce in court somehing vague like "good condition", Imagine trying to argue what that meant.
It should do yes, because it presumably records the condition of the premises now, which is how you want it handed over to you.
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